Monday, May 17, 2021

FCC Sued Over Net Neutrality Rules

PCMag: One week after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially published the Net Neutrality rules in the Federal Register, consumer group Free Press has filed a lawsuit challenging those rules. According to the group, the rules do not do enough to protect wireless customers. “When the FCC first proposed the Open Internet rules, they came with the understanding that there is only one Internet, no matter how people choose to reach it,” said Free Press policy director Matt Wood. “The final rules provide some basic protections for consumers, but do not deliver on the promise to preserve openness for mobile Internet access. They fail to protect wireless users from discrimination, and they let mobile providers block innovative applications with impunity.”

Industry observers expect that the FCC will also soon face additional lawsuits from companies making a very different claim–that the rules should be thrown out because the FCC doesn’t have the authority to regulate the Internet.

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